15 Marines, 1 Navy corpsman killed in Miss. plane crash – New York News

A Marine Corps refueling plane crashed and burned in a soybean field in the Mississippi Delta, killing all 16 military members aboard in a wreck that scattered debris for miles and sent a pillar of black smoke rising over the countryside.


ITTA BENA, Miss. — A Marine Corps refueling plane crashed and burned in a soybean field in the Mississippi Delta, killing all 16 military members aboard in a wreck that scattered debris for miles and sent a pillar of black smoke rising over the countryside.

It was the deadliest Marine crash — in the U.S. or abroad — since 2005.

Fifteen Marines and a Navy corpsman were on board the KC-130 tanker when it corkscrewed into the ground Monday afternoon about 85 miles north of Jackson, the state capital, military officials said. A witness said some bodies were found more than a mile away.

The Marines gave no immediate details on the cause of the crash.

The KC-130 is used to refuel aircraft in flight. The flight originated from the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, and was taking people and equipment to Naval Air Field El Centro, California, when it went down, officials said.

Some of the Marines killed were from a reserve squadron based in Newburgh, New York, the military said.

Andy Jones said he was working on his family’s catfish farm just before 4 p.m. when he heard a boom and looked up to see the plane spiraling downward with one engine smoking.

“You looked up and you saw the plane twirling around,” he said. “It was spinning down.”

Jones said that by the time he and others reached the crash site, fires were burning too…

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